Digital Radio Retune for Merseyside: what you need to know

Listeners to DAB digital radio in the Merseyside area will need to retune on Wednesday 20th April following a frequency change that will affect local radio stations.

The local DAB multiplex carrying BBC Merseyside, Radio City 1-3 and Capital Liverpool among others will be moving to a new frequency in order to allow better reception over a wider area. The current frequency will be turned off late on Tuesday 19th April. The new frequency will go live from 6am on Wednesday 20th April, after which listeners will need to rescan their DAB radios in order to continue listening.

What listeners need to know
  • Some local services for the Liverpool area will go off air late Tuesday and return on a new frequency on Wednesday morning. 
  • As a result, DAB clock radios tuned to the likes of BBC Merseyside or Capital Liverpool may remain silent on Wednesday morning.
  • Listeners should retune their DAB radios and adjust any station presets after 6am on Wednesday 20th April 2016.
  • To retune, do a "full scan" or "auto tune". On older radios, a "rest of the world" scan may be required, as the new frequency is out of the range of the DAB frequencies originally used in the UK. Further advice on retuning is available at
  • Some national DAB services are also subject to interruption in the area due to the transmitter work taking place between 10pm on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday.
  • The changes do not affect services on FM, MW or online, only DAB is affected.

Technical information
  • Old frequency until late Tuesday 19th: VHF Block 11B (218.640 MHz)
  • New frequency from 6am Wednesday 20th: VHF Block 10C (213.360 MHz)
  • One additional transmitter will go live at Moel-Y-Parc (NE Wales), which will improve the signal across the south-west of the area. A further transmitter at Winter Hill (Lancs) will go live in late May.
  • The increased and improved coverage means the Liverpool DAB service needs to change frequency in order not to cause interference with other local DAB services. It's part of a national scheme to boost coverage of local radio stations on DAB.

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